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When Celebs Invade Social Media…

The fine folks at Current tv warn us about Twitter overkill thanks to celebrity invasion of the site. Twitter, once a micro-blogging site used by early adopters, tech geeks, and let’s face it, PR folks, to communicate with others, has now become as mainstream as it can get with everyone from Perez Hilton, Oprah Winfrey, and yes, even Britney Spears (or more appropriately her handlers) keeping us up on all that they’re doing.

Yup, it’s oh so exciting. At the very least, the video is good for a laugh – if you can get passed the fact that they made P.Diddy sound like Ja Rule. “It’s Muuuurrrrddaaaaa.”

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Britney Brings The Circus…

tt4bhaiFull disclosure – I was never a Britney fan. I mean, I’m a pop music fan, so I guess in some respect I could appreciate Britney Spears in her hay-day, but still, I never owned a CD. I can’t tell you how many arguments I had with die-hard fans back when predicting her over-saturation in the media would eventually lead to her downfall. Rather than sit back and say “I told you so,” instead I felt a tad bit guilty because being a pop music fan, I fed into that demise. We’ve watched the rise of Britney, the fall, and of course as she hit rock bottom only to come full circle to potential rise again.

We all know she’s never been a vocal superstar, heck, most days she’s lucky if she can actually lip-sync properly to her own tracks. So what do I find appealing about her? She’s an entertainer. Good, bad or indifferent, she has entertained us since ’98 no questions asked. Like the perfect toy only to be tossed aside when something more shiny and new came around. We built her up, only to break her down  and once the guilt became too much (even for us masochists) we found a way to slowly put the pieces together again.

Part of our repentance is to cheer Britney on as she gears up for one of her (more) anticipated album releases in “Circus.” Yup, it’s a bit tongue-in-cheek realizing that for the most part, Britney is willing to laugh along with us with Larry Rudolph, long time manager playing ringleader. “Circus” is another all-star list of producers from Bloodshy  & Avant to Danja and of course pop impresario Max Martin aka the man who brought us “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” What’s the difference this time around? Well, it seems Britney is an active participant in the process, not a passive one like she was with “Blackout.”

So far, “Circus” delivers. It’s along the lines of what we’ve come to expect from Britney as far as sound up-beat tracks about wanting to dance (in various forms), but at least she is present in the songs – not just incoherently ad-libing her way through. Needless to say, I’m pretty pumped for the album’s release – more so for the upcoming MTV “documentary.” Just wish she’d begin it with a throwback to “You think you know, but you have no idea….”

Be sure to check out “Circus” – streaming now at Imeem.

VMAs: I’m Over You…

Dreadful. That’s the one word I’d use to sum up this year’s VMAs. Really, that should come to no surprise after last year’s horrific show and my post-VMAs round up. (Myspace blog sucks, so you might have to search for post). We’ve been down this road before, VMA night is like my Oscar night. It’s the ONE big award show I look forward to every year (way less this year after last year’s debacle, but still…). Why the VMAs? Because I am the MTV generation. I grew up on MTV, for better or worse, some of my earliest childhood memories are linked to music videos and of course the award ceremony.

Truthfully, I didn’t have very high expectations going in last night after hearing the performance line-up, Lil Wayne, Jonas Brothers, Paramore, TI, Rihanna (way TOO much of her). Then of course there was all the Britney hype and hype it was. Will she open? Will she perform? Will she crash and burn? The countdowns…the teasers…the spectualation all for nothing. Britney opened, she took part in bland skit with (sometimes funny) Jonah Hill, but after 15 seconds we got the point. Then they showed Brit Brit walking from her dressing room to the stage only to announce Russell Brand. Boooorrring…

That’s not a knock on Brit, it was nice to see her looking at least somewhat happy and sane. It’s just to say that MTV billed it to be so much more, anyone watching couldn’t help but be disappointed. So the real opening act was Rihanna performing “Disturbia” with dozens of dancers wildly banging large glow sticks. Huh? I don’t get it. Then Rihanna floated in the auditorium on some giant cake only to reveal a less than flattering outfit. Problem is, Disturbia has no words other than the chorus so it was a wasted effort – only enjoyable part of the performance was when the band went into White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” Poor Jack White.

Fast forward through a somewhat amusing monologue by Brand who apparently is not a fan of Republicans or the current President of the U.S.. Then of course he latched on to the Jonas Bros purity rings and never let go. No really, it was the only thing he rambled about ALL NIGHT LONG. We get it Russell, you like sex, we just can’t tell which gender you prefer it with.

Unfortunately, Brand didn’t knock the Jonas Brothers for the one thing he should’ve — their performance. I felt like I was watching Sesame Street – as the three of them sat on stairs and sang some acoustic rendition of “Lovebug” or something to that effect. After 2 long minutes of pre-pubescent screeching by Nick, the stage opened to reveal a full on band and the Jonas Bros screamed the remainder of the song as young girls and gay boys. I don’t get it. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of a lot of random pop acts in my time, but the Jonas Bros, I just don’t get them at all. It’s not for lack of trying either.

Let’s speed this along… Lil Wayne ran around the audience with his pants falling off (wearing a belt mind you!), while grabbing his crotch and choking over the words to his own song leaving him inaudible through most of the performance. T-Pain joined him, but lip-synced. Really, rappers that lip-sync piss me off more than anything — Yup, that goes for you too, T.I…

You know what, there was so much bad, let’s just focus on the few highlights:

Britney winning her first VMA, then second, then third. Hoping these weren’t awarded to her out of pity, but either way, she was pretty, classy and humbly accept her award with a genuinely sweet speech  (did you ever think you’d see those words together when describing Britney of late?!)

Pink. She performed her single “So What” on the backlot studio and it was amazing. Now THIS was a performance worthy of VMA show opening, too bad it can about an hour and half too late. There was excitment, stunts, fire, a sexy costume reveal, and oh yeah, and LIVE singing. Can’t beat it.

Travis Barker and DJ AM – but more so Travis Barker. The dude ripped it on the drumset. I would’ve much preferred to listen to him bang away to random hip-hop songs all night than watch half of the performers take the stage.

Sadly, Britney reclaiming her career, Pink tearing it up (as always), and a drummer were the only worthwhile portions of the 2 hour and 15 minute show. There was no Britney performance and no sighting of MJ or any Jackson for that matter. In Russell Brand’s opening monologue he noted MTV’s storied past, but how the show was all about the future. Well, if last night’s show was any indication of what’s in store for music – we should all be worried. I mean, even Christina Aguilera lip-synced, ’nuff said.

Here’s some friends who live-blogged or tried to at least:

www.imbringingbloggingback.blogspot.com

www.music.consumerhelpweb.com

We ALL Should Go To Rehab…

**The recent events of Britney Mania, Lilo, Winehouse, paparazzi, etc. hasn’t sat well with me. The coverage of Heath Ledger’s untimely death really put me over the edge when it comes to gossip consumption. I’ve been tossing around ideas for post on this for a while now — and have briefly touch upon it here, but still didn’t do it justice.

I don’t want this to come off as preaching from a soapbox because I am also guilty of getting caught up in the gossip world. I read all the sites at least once a day, but something REALLY needs to be done. It’s completely out of control at this point — and there’s no end in sight.

Below is a post written by my good friend Mike, a fellow celeb lover. Over the years Mike and I have had some amazing conversations about celebs, mainly out of respect for a certain artist’s work or music, etc., but I’d be lying if I said we never chatted about rumors. What Mike and I haven’t discussed is our recent hatred for what the media world has become as a result of the gossip frenzy. So when I woke up this morning to see this post, it struck me. I decided to re-post Mike’s original blog here (with his permission of course!).

We ALL Need To Go To Rehab…

…for our obsession with everything celebrity.

Today has confirmed it for me.

It often takes seeing such ugly sights and hearing such disturbing comments to make you realize what an enourmously heartless world we live in.

Heath Ledger is dead.
By now everyone knows.
I know. You know. Your grandmother knows. My great Aunt who had a stroke last summer knows.
We ALL know.

Do you know who else knows? Heath’s family and friends.
Do you know how they know? A phone call from a member of the NYPD?
Nope.
Hospital Staff?
Nah.

They know because it’s splashed ALL over the internet, on CNN, on MSNBC, on gossip blogs, text messages, IM’s, emails and other insincere ways one could find out such devastating news.

In these fast paced ADD times, where breaking the story is more important than the repercussions it will cause a person, it’s moments like this that make me wish we all didn’t care so f*cking much.

Imagine hearing your best friend has just been found dead…on a gossip blog…filled with comments ranging from “that sucks” to “oh well, he shouldn’t have done drugs”.

Imagine the range of emotions you would feel as you dealt with the shock and pain of losing a loved one to the rage you would feel about someone so carelessly insulting the deceased.

That’s how I’m sure 90% of Heath’s family feels.

Now, what makes this new celeb-obsessed culture even more disturbing is that breaking a story isn’t enough. No. Now we are subjected to images of a BODY BAG being brought out of the Apartment building which once housed a talented Actor.

The scene was chaotic. Cameras flashing, crowds gathering, people screaming as a lifeless corpse is brought to one of its final resting places.

And how ironic that even in death, there is still no peace…

The scene is repeated over and over and over again, much as it was with Anna Nicole Smith almost one year ago to the day.

And it’s only getting worse.

TMZ has a video of Lindsay Lohan, a close friend of Heath’s getting in to her car. As she enters, a papparazzi yells “Hey Lindsay! Heath’s Dead! Do you have a comment?”
Lindsay puts her head down as the cameras flash and the car door closes.

I will say for the first time what class Lindsay Lohan has. That photographer’s larynx would be in my right hand, as my left shoved my thumb through his eye socket.

Imagine for one second if someone said that remark to you HOURS after a close friend had passed.

It’s days like today where we can look back and reflect on some of the bullshit and ramifications our obsession with these people causes.

Because for every 10 Paris Hilton dumb moments, there is a Heath Ledger body bag picture.

And how sad that for most people, when Heath comes in to their mind, they won’t think of the legacy he has left behind, the future projects he might have accomplished, or the achievements he could have had.

No, instead our first thought will be images of a black body bag being rolled on to an ambulance.

Maybe soon he really will be able to finally Rest in Peace.

Train Wreck To You, Meal Ticket To Others…

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Today I came across a very interesting article called “The Britney Economy” in the latest issue of Portfolio magazine. Duff McDonalad, the writer, calls it his “back-of-the- napkin calculations” of all the people who have made money off Britney Spears in the past and who continue to profit from her current antics (as well as legit contracts/sponsorships).

To your average celeb gossip consumer, which I’d categorize myself, Britney might seem like nothing more than a train wreck at this point, but truth is she’s still a very profitable commodity to quite a few industries from record companies, to promoters, to retail, to publishing and beyond. In fact, they’re making just as much money (if not more) off of Britney’s current (unstable) mental state.

The article estimates “annual value of the Britney Spears economy: $110 million to $120 million.”

That’s a boat load of money. Question is, what will all these people profiting off of Britney do when she’s no longer around to fulfill their financial needs?

What will it take to shake us out of this celeb-obsessed culture? I’m not preaching, trust me, I’ll skim the gossip pages for the latest news like everyone else, but that’s more of a result of over saturation in the media. Live blogging of her whereabouts to live feeds of her court appearances and Starbucks runs. Are you kidding me?! You can’t tune it out no matter how hard you try — unless you completely unplug from the wired world, which is not something I plan to do.

I sure hope Ms. Spears will come to her senses (assuming she has any left!) and surround herself with some honest people in the very near future.

Whether you’re a fan of Ms. Spears or not, the article is worth the read to see how fascination with a created image leads to profits for many.

JL Spears Preggers, ya’ll?

Ok, so I need to jump on the gossip bandwagon for a hot second. Besides, is it really “gossip” when it’s the lead story on CNN and LA Times, you know “credible” news sites.

So if these sites along with OK! magazine and TMZ.com are to be believed, and they seem pretty accurate these days, the youngest of the Spears clan is pregnant. Jamie Lynn is 16, ya’ll.

16. I’m speechless. Not by the idea that a 16 year old can get knocked up, but more so because you think she (or her parents!) would’ve learned something from Britney’s mistakes. Preventative measures people! I don’t care how “country” you are.

With that said, Britney is not looking so bad anymore — at least she waited until 22 to have her first kid, right? Jamie Lynn is 16! I wonder what the suits at the Nickelodeon are thinking right now? Bet their corp comm department is in full damage control mode as JL’s show “Zoey 101” as they just wrapped up their third season of the hit show with a cliffhanger.

According to this article from the Canadian Press, JL had no desire to follow her sister to Hollywood and was trying to figure out what to do in the future since the show wrapped.

“I don’t know. You know?” she says of her future. “It’s all kind of open to whatever I feel like doing, I guess. Or whatever comes my way. I guess it will all fall into place.”

Whatever you feel like doing, huh? Maybe so, but only for the next 9 months, then it’s called mommyhood.

Thank you to the Spears family for making sure the ink on the gossip columns never dry. For further fun, I just had to include this gmail chat on JL from this morning.

pmillah: i’m changing my last name to spears.

me: why, you wanna be knocked up too?

pmillah: no, but no matter what i do it won’t be as bad as those two train wrecks